Thursday, October 18, 2012

why the future is scary .

In my macroeconomics class yesterday we were talking about the national debt and how the government attempts to fix it. The economy scares the shit out of me; it's like there is no safe place to keep your money. Keep it in a bank, and it doesn't really officially exist. It's just a number. Interest never really accumulates in the bank anyways. Put it in stocks, and the market will crash. Put it in bonds, and the government can't afford to pay you back. Put it under your mattress and inflation will decrease its value anyways. Spend it and then you have none. Put it in real estate and the housing market crashes. Why is there no easy answer?

But this isn't the only thing. There is a helium shortage. We are running out of precious natural resources like oil and coal. People are living longer, and all the medical advances are great, but what happens when the world is overpopulated? What happens when so many people are still alive and collecting social security and other retirement benefits and there isn't any money for them? If people are retiring later and later, what happens to the new people entering the job market? What happens with pest problems like bed bugs and cockroaches and mosquitoes ravaging through the world at a blistering rate?

I would hope that there are solutions on the horizon. But sometimes, it certainly seems like it'd be easier to just say, "Nah, I'll just die young." My roommate joked that none of it matters because the world is ending in December anyways. I laughed.

So what does the future hold? Who knows. But I'm going to kill myself from stress if I don't just take things day by and day and hope for the best.


  1. I never told you to be scared of the economy nor the government! (I did not comment to put a smile on your face either. I did, however, comment to earn a cookie. Preferably, chocolate chip.)


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